It's coming: Ripley's famous July 4 celebration is a week away
COVID-19 completely changed how Ripley's Fourth of July Celebration operated last year. Main Street wasn't covered with people. This year's celebration is going back to normal since the Governor lifted the mask mandate, Ripley's Convention and Visitor Bureau Director Mike Ruben said.
The six-day event begins Tuesday, June 29 and ends on Sunday, July 4. The Gambill Amusements Carnival will be in the municipal building's parking lot from June 29 until July 3. The carnival will operate from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Proceeds from the carnival will go toward Ripley's volunteer fire department.
Here's a list of events for each day of the celebration:
- Pet Parade at 6:30 p.m. on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn. Animals from dogs to chickens may enter. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and there's an entry fee of $10.
- Charleston Metro Band performs at 8 p.m. on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn.
On top of the carnival, there will be a bluegrass gospel concert Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the lawn. Here's the lineup:
- Tracy Miller
- Sheppard Brothers
- Putnam Family
- Cossin Brothers
- Patriots on Wheels bike parade at 6 p.m. on North Street. Children under 18 years old can decorate their bikes and register for the parade at 5:30 p.m. on North Street by United Bank. There will be a contest for the best-decorated bike.
- Adam Tucker's Tim McGraw tribute at 8 p.m. on the lawn.
- Watermelon eating contest at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn.
- Apple pie bakeoff and auction at 7 p.m. on the lawn. Participants are encouraged to bring two pies — one for judges to taste, the other for the auction.
- Pancake breakfast at Calvary United Methodist Church from 7 to 10:30 a.m.
- Little Patriots Hour at 9 a.m. by the courthouse gazebo.
- Firecracker 2-Miler Race at 11:30 a.m. The start line is by the North and Court Street intersection.
- Grand Parade at 12 p.m. Registration forms are available at City Hall.
- Line dancing at 2 p.m.
Here are Saturday's bands — they'll all play on the lawn.
- Ultra Sound at 4 p.m.
- Rockland Road at 6 p.m.
- Dave & Daphne at 8 p.m.
- Fireworks at 10 p.m.
- U-Turn concert featuring Rhett Walker
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